From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
James Nathaniel "Jim" Brown (born February 17, 1936) is an American former professional football player who has also made his mark as an actor. He is best known for his exceptional and record-setting nine-year career as a running back for the NFL Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965.
Brown began his career as an actor with an appearance in the film Rio Conchos in 1964, then played a villain in a 1967 episode of I Spy called "Cops and Robbers", went on to star in the 1967 war movie The Dirty Dozen (during the filming of which he announced his retirement from professional football), the 1970 movie Tick...tick...tick... as well as in numerous other features. Biographer Mike Freeman credits Brown with becoming “the first black action star”, thanks to roles like the Marine captain he portrayed in the hit 1968 film Ice Station Zebra.
In 1969, Brown starred in 100 Rifles with Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch. It was one of the first movies to feature an interracial love scene. Brown later became a leading star of the Blaxploitation era and made such classics as Slaughter, Black Gunn, Three The Hard Way and Take A Hard Ride. He was later cast in Keenen Ivory Wayans' 1988 comedy I'm Gonna Git You Sucka a spoof of the Blaxploitation films he made in the 70s. Brown also acted in 1987's The Running Man, an adaptation of a Stephen King story, as the villain Fireball. He played a coach in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday and also appeared in Sucker Free City and Mars Attacks!